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Spotify’s new podcast charts make it easy to find popular audio shows

Spotify’s new podcast charts make it easy to find popular audio shows

Spotify has introduced new podcast charts on its platform, making the service a bit more useful for podcast fans. Finding new shows to watch has been notably tricky when it comes to podcasts, something that often depends on recommendations. Though some algorithms are now available to offer suggestions, taking a look at what everyone else is listening to is particularly helpful.

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SiriusXM’s Stitcher acquisition gives it another big audio company

SiriusXM’s Stitcher acquisition gives it another big audio company

SiriusXM has announced yet another audio-related acquisition, this one involving popular podcasting app Stitcher. As with PocketCasts, Google Podcasts, and many other apps, Stitcher is a popular platform for finding and downloading podcasts...something SiriusXM has heavily set its focus on. The news of its Stitcher acquisition comes only days after the company revealed that it has acquired podcast analytics company Simplecast.

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C13Features will make fictional podcasts styled after theatrical movies

C13Features will make fictional podcasts styled after theatrical movies

Podcasting company Cadence13, which produces, publishes, and distributes a large number of notable audio shows, is launching a new brand called C13Features that aims to offer the equivalent of movies in audio format. The move comes amid the growing popularity of podcast shows, something that has also triggered notable deals including Marvel's decision to bring some of its biggest superheroes to audio.

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Apple Podcasts may add personalized recommendations in iOS 14

Apple Podcasts may add personalized recommendations in iOS 14

We're only a day away from Apple's next developers conference (WWDC), which is expected to include a look at the upcoming versions of macOS and iOS, among other things. According to a new report, Apple Podcasts may finally add personalized recommendations in iOS 14, helping the platform compete against the growing list of other, more feature-rich alternatives.

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Spotify will soon offer exclusive DC Comics podcasts from Warner Bros

Spotify will soon offer exclusive DC Comics podcasts from Warner Bros

Spotify is the latest company to ink a deal for exclusive superhero podcasts. The announcement was made on Thursday, with Spotify saying that Warner Bros. will release exclusive Spotify podcasts based on characters from the DC Comics universe. The multiyear deal will cover narrative, scripted podcasts, according to Spotify, which says this is the first partnership that involves the full DC Universe IP roster.

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SiriusXM acquires podcast analytics company Simplecast

SiriusXM acquires podcast analytics company Simplecast

SiriusXM, the company still best known for its satellite radio service, has acquired another company: Simplecast. The analytics and podcast management company joins SiriusXM's own push into the increasingly crowded market, something the company says will help podcasters earn more revenue. With extra help from the SiriusXM-Pandora team and the resources they bring, Simplecast says it will be able to significantly speed up its roadmap.

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Google Podcasts app gets support for Apple’s CarPlay

Google Podcasts app gets support for Apple’s CarPlay

Google Podcasts, the company's audio show app that has steadily evolved from a barebones offering to something more sophisticated, has finally added support for Apple's CarPlay automotive platform. With this support, iPhone owners can use the Google Podcasts app to stream their favorite shows in their vehicle using CarPlay, making it a bit more useful for those who often listen to content while driving.

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Joe Rogan podcast a Spotify exclusive by end of 2020

Joe Rogan podcast a Spotify exclusive by end of 2020

One of the most popular podcasts in the world, The Joe Rogan Experience, will have a Spotify release date of September 1, 2020. At the end of the year, here in 2020, the Joe Rogan podcast will be available ONLY on Spotify. Joe Rogan's podcast will no longer be available through Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, or any other platform, at all.

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Video podcasts could be Spotify’s next big thing

Video podcasts could be Spotify’s next big thing

With music streaming cornered, Spotify has been attempting to make a name for itself in the podcast space for quite some time now. There are a lot of platforms that host podcasts out there though, which means there's a lot of competition for Spotify. It seems that the company is testing a new feature that could help it stand out from other platforms: Video podcasts.

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Anchor podcast creation app can now turn videos into audio

Anchor podcast creation app can now turn videos into audio

Podcast creation app Anchor has been updated with a new feature that's arguably critical for audio show creators. In an update on Tuesday, Anchor said that it now supports transforming videos from major platforms like Skype into podcast audio files, which can then be edited like any other audio files. The feature simplifies things for podcast creators who want to focus on the content, not the technical aspects.

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iHeartMedia plans podcast for 2020 celebrity commencement speeches

iHeartMedia plans podcast for 2020 celebrity commencement speeches

Audio company iHeartMedia is planning a special podcast for the 2020 graduation class, which will miss their graduations due to the coronavirus pandemic. This special will include recorded speeches from a large number of celebrities and notable figures, including Chelsea Handler, Eli Manning, Hilary Clinton, Jimmy Fallon, John Legend, and more.

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Google Podcasts for iOS release reveals big new redesign

Google Podcasts for iOS release reveals big new redesign

Google Podcasts has arrived on iOS, promising another distraction for iPhone-owning listeners currently on coronavirus lockdown. The app follows Google Podcasts for Android, and is also joined by an updated version of the service for web, which now supports subscriptions like its app counterparts.

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